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    Keyborad problems

    Certain letters will not respond when i press them. This is erratic as there are occasions when things are fine. It may be that he keyboard needs cleaning. What' s the most effective way of getting below the surface of the keys - by physically removing them? Thanks.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    I used to work at IBM in Lexington back in the days when we made one of the best keyboards known to man... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> In those days it was possible to pry the keycaps off to try cleaning, but I haven't ever tried that with one of the keyboards of the 'modern era.' I suspect it would be risky at best and if a can of compressed air doesn't do it, I think I'd opt for a new keyboard.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Certainly Dell keyboards (at least) should be unscrewed from the underneath (twelve cross-head screws) and the plastic mat which the keys actually press on can easily be cleaned. You could probably even put the keyboard (front) assembly in soapy water, drying it carefully after (it all seems to be plastic/nylon).

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    We used to run 'em through a dishwasher when I worked as a tech at a previous employer... not that I'd recommend it, frankly. I think, given current prices, that you'd be better off replacing a keyboard than trying to make an old, sticky one work.
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    Re: Keyborad problems

    > We used to run 'em through a dishwasher

    The whole thing? Or just the plastic outer case?

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Al,
    You can still get the keytops off most any keyboard but it doesn't really reveal much except the top membrane of a sealed key switch.
    That was a pastime for some clever school kids in computer class. They would pry off a keytop and maybe swap it for an adjacent key, so for example, the M & N keys are reversed. Then waych as a user hits the M key and it prints N.

    Easier to just replace the keyboard. You can get them for about $5.00 or so.
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    Re: Keyborad problems

    The whole thing. It was discovered by accident (who accidentally puts a keyboard in a dishwasher?) because Users loved them so much that they were still asking for them five years after we stopped selling them. These particular keyboards had programmable function keys at the top of the unit and the manufacturer was bought out... and quit making them. Thus the need to recycle them if at all possible.
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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Thank's everyone. Problem is that it's my laptop! I've plugged in a new keyborad which sits on top of the old keyboard. A bit clumsy! Will try a can of pressurised air.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Don't hold your breathe ( pun intended ) that the canned air will help. The key switches are pretty much sealed and all you will be doing is blowing crumbs away from the keytops.
    Also, don't throw your entire laptop in the dishwasher. Might have worked for the old separate keyboards but........ <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Aha, we could've saved a few words of wisdom if you had said laptop in the first post! Well, laptop keyboards ARE replaceable but based on MY limited experience with doing so, I don't know if I would try it again. Don't know if it will be financially practical to send it to the manufacturer, given today's prices for new laptops, but I'd sure check if I were you.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Since it is a laptop, will you better describe what is happening.
    One problem with lap tops is if the "Num Lock" is turned on you will have a whole bunch of keys that work differently.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Thanks to my lovely cat (no really, he is lovely <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>), we discovered together, that the keys on my notebook pry off fairly easy, allowing the crumbs to be cleaned out easily. Putting them back on was a little tricky to begin with, but inspecting them first, and how they originally connected sure made it easier.

    I don't recommend doing this, as the keys are tricky, and flimsy.
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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Can you let us know what make and model of laptop this is, just in case anyone knows a bit more about the particular model.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    Sorry, should have mentioned that it's a lap top. In any event, I think it is time I did replace my portable and this may be providence giving me a nudge in that direction.

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    Re: Keyborad problems

    It's a Sony Viao, model PCG-FX502.

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